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Planning Commission Meeting

Date: November 03, 2022

Time: 12:00 p.m.

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The Planning Commission conducts public hearings and makes decisions on applications for subdivisions, mining permits, and legislative policy matters such the General Plan, Specific Plans, and Zoning changes.

The Planning Commission meets the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month (and as needed).

Roll Call

Commissioner District 1 Carr
Commissioner District 3 Ocana
Commissioner District 4 McCaffery
Commissioner District 5 Koenigshofer
Commissioner District 2, Chair Reed

Staff Members

Scott Orr, Deputy Director
Brian Oh, Division Manager
Tasha Levitt, Secretary
Sita Kuteira, Deputy County Counsel

Disability Accommodation

If you have a disability which requires an accommodation or an alternative format to assist you in observing and commenting on this meeting, please call (707) 565-1935 or email at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting to make arrangements.


Available digitally through the link in the Agenda. You can also email or the project planner to request materials.

12:00 PM Call to order, Roll Call and Pledge of Allegiance.

Approval of Minutes None


Board of Zoning Adjustments/Board of Supervisors Actions

Commissioner Announcements

Planning Commission Regular Calendar

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Item No.:



12:05 PM


PLP22-0024; Sonoma Developmental Center Specific Plan


County of Sonoma


State of California

Cont. from:

October 27, 2022


Brian Oh

Env. Doc:

Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), SCH#2022020222


The proposed project (Project) includes creating a Specific Plan to regulate redevelopment of the state-owned Sonoma Developmental Center located in Sonoma Valley at 15000 Arnold Dr., The property encompasses approximately 945 acres, or about 1.5 square miles, which includes a developed Core Campus covering approximately 180 acres, the surrounding approximately 755 acres of contiguous open space, and the 11-acre, non-contiguous Camp Via grounds within Jack London State Historic Park. The Project proposes to reduce the existing developed Core Campus for redevelopment of up to 1,000 units of various housing types and 410,000 square feet of non-residential use (170,000 square feet of new non-residential use and 240,000 square feet of adaptive reuse of existing buildings) to accommodate 940 jobs. Additionally, the Project proposes policies, design guidelines and development standards. Adoption of the Project will require general plan amendments to maps and policies of the Land Use Element and other elements, as well zoning code and map changes.

Recommended Action:

  1. Complete a public hearing for the Sonoma Developmental Center Specific Plan and Final Environmental Impact Report
  2. Approve a resolution recommending that the Board of Supervisors certify a Final Environmental Impact Report for the Sonoma Developmental Center Specific Plan, with a statement of overriding considerations and findings of fact pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
  3. Approve a resolution recommending that the Board of Supervisors adopt general plan amendments to maps and policies of the Land Use Element and other elements to enable the Sonoma Developmental Center Specific Plan, adopt the Specific Plan, and approve zoning code and map changes


15000 Arnold Dr., Eldridge






PF (Public Facilities)


Commissioner McCaffery motioned to continue to a date and time certain on November 4, 2022 at 1:30pm. Seconded by Commissioner Koenigshofer and approved with a 5-0-0 vote.

Appeal Deadline:


Resolution No.:


Commissioner District 1 Carr — Aye
Commissioner District 3 Ocana — Aye
Commissioner District 4 McCaffery — Aye
Commissioner District 5 Koenigshofer — Aye
Commissioner District 2, Chair Reed — Aye

Ayes: 5
Noes: 0
Absent: 0
Abstain: 0

Permit Sonoma Hearing Waiver Calendar

This calendar serves only to notify the public of hearing waiver projects. The projects listed below are not on the current agenda. During the Sonoma County Shelter in Place order additional accommodations for digital file review of the waiver period are available by contacting the project planner prior to the “last day for public comment” date listed for each item.


Public Appearances for Non-Agenda Items

Shortly after the hearing begins, the PC invites public participation regarding the affairs of the County. Any person desiring to speak on any matter which is not scheduled on this agenda may do so. Comments may be limited to three minutes, or as imposed at the discretion of the Chair. Under State Law, matters presented during public appearances cannot be discussed or acted upon by the PC commissioners.

Public Appearances for Agenda Items

PC hearings begin at 1:00 PM and are recorded. Agenda items begin on or after the time stated on the agenda. After a county staff project presentation and commission questions, the public hearing is then opened. The applicant may then give a 10-minute project presentation followed by public comments. The time limit for public comments is at the Chair’s discretion and is typically three minutes per speaker. Please state your name for the record when you are called upon. Questions raised by the public may be answered after all public comments are given. The Commission may request staff or the applicant to answer questions, and the applicant is given the opportunity to respond to any public comments. The public hearing is then closed, and no further public comments are received. The commissioners discuss the project and make a decision by motion and roll call vote.


Pursuant to Government Code section 84308, members of the Planning Agency, Planning Commission, or Board of Zoning Adjustments (collectively “Planning Agency”) are disqualified and not able to participate in any agenda item involving contracts (other than competitively bid, labor, or personal employment contracts), franchises, discretionary land use permits and other entitlements if the member of the Planning Agency received more than $250 in campaign contributions from the applicant or contractor, an agent of the applicant or contractor, or any financially interested participant who actively supports or opposes the County’s decision on the agenda item since January 1, 2023. Members of the Planning Agency who have received, and applicants, contractors or their agents who have made, campaign contributions totaling more than $250 to a member of the Planning Agency since January 1, 2023, are required to disclose that fact for the official record of the subject proceeding. Disclosures must include the amount of the campaign contribution and identify the recipient Planning Agency member and may be made either in writing to the Clerk for the Planning Agency, Planning Commission, or Board of Zoning Adjustments, as the case may be, prior to the subject hearing or by verbal disclosure at the time of the hearing.

Hearing Waiver Calendar

The hearing waiver calendar lists projects proposed for public hearing waivers for informational purposes only. The listed items are not scheduled on the current or uncontested calendars. For more information on the hearing waiver item, contact the planner assigned to the project or fill out a ‘Request for Information’ card.

Public Comments

Please follow the instructions below to submit a Public Comment in writing, email or in person via the hearing room. The PC invites interested persons to submit comments which are entered into the permanent record. Written comments received prior to and during the hearing are distributed to the commissioners, staff, and are available to the public via the public copies link in the calendar section of this agenda. Written comments received after the package is made public may be read into the record.

Mail Public Comments

Address letters to: Permit Sonoma, 2550 Ventura Avenue, Attn: Planning Agency Secretary, Santa Rosa, CA 95403 and include the project number. This is not the location of the hearing.

Email Public Comments

Email comments to: Please provide your name and the project number. It is advised to email comments (no later than the day before) prior to the hearing date to give commissioners and staff review time.

Speaking In-Person on an Agenda Item

If you wish to speak on an item which appears on this agenda, please fill out a speaker card and drop it in the box near the staff table. You will be called by the Chair in the order received. Your name, will be announced when it’s your turn to speak (1 public comment is allowed per person). The meetings are recorded and all in person testimony must be given through the microphone. Please state your name upon approaching the microphone. Each person may speak only once and is usually granted 3 minutes. Time limits are at the discretion of the Chair. Questions raised by the public are to be directed to the Commission. At the end of the hearing, the Commission may ask staff or the applicant to respond to any questions raised during the hearing. 

Comment on a Hearing Waiver Item

If you wish to comment on a hearing waiver item, submit your comment directly to the assigned planner prior to the “last day for public comment” date listed for each item.

Be Respectful and Courteous

Please Be Respectful of others and the varying points of view. No clapping, booing, or speaking out of turn.

Please Be Courteous turn off cell phones and pagers while the meeting is in session.